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Veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey came to the Steelers over the summer, hoping to salvage what has been a disappointing start to his career. After being drafted in the first round at No. 7 overall back in 2009, it was believed (by Oakland at least) that his speed was going to make him all but impossible to defend.
Unfortunately, all that speed didn’t add up to much when he couldn't catch the football. And a shortcoming like that is magnified when you are surrounded with the type of talent already on this roster.
The first four spots for the Steelers are fairly set. Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore and Martavis Bryant form a very talented foursome. Now, the discussion will be about whether or not the Steelers opt to carry five or six receivers on their final 53-man roster.
If the Steelers keep five, the odds of Heyward-Bey making it are slim. Alex Kozoa of SteelersDepot.com has been at camp and sent out this tweet about Heyward-Bey.
When you consider that Bryant hasn’t been practicing, this issue is even more troubling. Pittsburgh has found itself a very talented, young wide receiver in Justin Brown, and it would be a shame to let him leave for an inconsistent veteran.
The odds get even longer for Heyward-Bey when you consider that rookie running back Dri Archer is almost certainly going to be a factor in the passing game. Heyward-Bey could definitely find himself on the outside looking in.